Healing Blind Bartimaeus (Part 2)
Mark 10:49 records that "Jesus stood still" after hearing Bartimaeus and his companion call out for Him. Although He was on His way to Jerusalem, He had time to stop and help these blind men. Jesus always had time for sincere, downtrodden individuals, even though the multitude was indifferent. Jesus did not show partiality. He is clearly illustrating His teaching from Matthew 20:28 that He came to serve.

"Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you" - This was probably spoken by those who had previously tried to hinder these blind beggars. Jesus is obviously the leader of this crowd. Let it be noted that if we are not willing to help the needy or take time for individuals, we are not following the example of our Lord. Those practicing pure religion show concern for others (cf. James 1:27).

"And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus" (Mark 10:51). As he hastily got up, he cast off his outer garment (i.e., his cloak). The beggar valued his eyesight more than his cloak and threw it aside because it would hinder him in quickly getting through the crowd to Jesus. Tragically, there are many today who intend to come to Jesus, but they impede their own steps by trivial obstacles. "Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us" as we endeavor to faithfully follow the Lord (Heb. 12:1).

After the blind men had approached Jesus, He asked them - "What do you want Me to do for you?" (Luke 18:41). The beggars had cried out for mercy but had not specifically made their request known. Their desire was for their physical eyesight. These men needed His mercy more than just for earthly vision, but, like most humans, they were more concerned about bodily afflictions than spiritual ones (at least at this point in their lives).

"Receive your sight; your faith has made you well" (Luke 18:42). The faith of the beggars had led to them being healed because it motivated them to cry out fervently, to approach Jesus, and to ask for sight. The faith that saves is the faith that leads one to appropriate action. Faith alone can never save (cf. James 2:24,26)!

The faith of these blind men should be carefully considered. How is it that these men came to believe that Jesus had the power to heal them, though they had not seen any such miracles with their eyes? Their faith was certainly based upon the abundant, convincing testimony of others (cf. John 20:30,31). Without a doubt, Jesus had presented more than enough miraculous proof for anyone with a good and honest heart to develop faith in Him (either through one's own sight or through the witness of others). These blind men saw what many refuse to see.

"Go your way" - This was Jesus' command to the men (Mark 10:52), and the way they chose to go was following after Jesus! Their faith and gratitude surely prompted this choice. Although they had come to Jesus desiring a physical blessing, the giving of such led them to follow Him (and hopefully pursue mercy of the spiritual sort). This should be the ultimate intent of benevolence today.

Luke 18:43 indicates that not only did the blind men follow Jesus, but they also glorified God! May those today who receive spiritual sight, as they are brought out of darkness and into His light, do likewise, and may all others praise God with them (cf. Luke 15:7).